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Seven Bite-Sized Operas by Women Pop Up at a London Train Station

Close up on the clock at London's St. Pancras Station
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The clock at London's St. Pancras Station

London’s St. Pancras Station transforms for International Women’s Day. Also in this roundup: Ludovico Einaudi goes mega-viral on TikTok, and a biting satire about marketing musicians goes wrong when nobody gets the joke.

1. “Noisenights” are sprouting up around London. They’re crowdfunded events that feature international musicians cooking up mold-breaking shows in cabaret halls, converted warehouses and nightclubs. Performers like cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the Her Ensemble are having a blast. And so are the audiences:

2. The wildly popular composer/pianist Ludovico Einaudi is already the highest-streaming classical pianist of all time. And now his piece "Experience" has become a viral TikTok trend, with 7 million users using it as background for their videos. And those have chalked up 15 BILLION views! Here's the original piece:


3. What if someone published a satirical profile of a fake classical pianist as a parody of today’s marketing tactics… and nobody got the joke? (And they got all snitty about it?) It happened to pianist/author Sharon Su. Read her response to the outcry about her (Totally invented! Completely fake!) pianist, "Key Playerson."

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4. To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th,  the Royal Opera House is presenting "Lost and Found," seven train-themed micro-operas by women composers, to be performed at London’s magnificent St. Pancras Station.  And because the stories are true anecdotes submitted by travelers, these five-minute operas have great titles, like “Detritus” and “Everything You Carry.” Composer Victoria Bernath worked with librettist Teresa Howard on “Mini Break,” based on a passenger’s story about the panic of losing your passport: